Aug 25 2017

PSO European Festivals Tour Begins

Published by at 4:56 am under PSO 2017 European Tour

Inspiring young musicians is one of the many benefits of having a great orchestra. Pittsburgh Symphony violist Marylene Gingras Roy taught our 18 year old college student Jim IV who is off next week to the University of Michigan and his friend Devin Moore, both members of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony and the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra earlier. Just before heading out on tour I  spent a week at Chautauqua New York where George Gershwin wrote his Concerto in F.  Devin and Jim heard Donna Dolson french horn who will join the horns of the Pittsburgh  Symphony on the tour which begins August 25.   Chautauqua was the summer home of Pittsburgh Symphony musicians for decades until the 1960’s when William Steinberg helped to establish a 52 week season for the Pittsburgh Symphony. Violinists Christopher Wu and Sarah Clendenning and French Horn William Caballero all played as guests of the Chautauqua Symphony this past summer.

Devin and Jim on the air at WQED-FM for Pittsburgh Foundation Performance in Pittsburgh

Devin and Jim on the air at WQED-FM for Pittsburgh Foundation Performance in Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Symphony had a busy summer at Heinz Hall. Judging from the reaction on August 19 and 22 to tour preview concerts with Manfred Honeck European Music lovers will hear the Pittsburgh at their best. Mahler’s First Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Sixth, Lutoslawski’s Chain 2 and Partita for Salzburg, an Enesco Overture for Bucharest and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony at the Grafenegg Festival all will play an important part in the journey. A huge highlight will be the return to the Proms in London at the Royal Albert Hall which has been sold out for months. The concert comes near the end of what the BBC calls “The Greatest Music Festival in the World”. Pittsburgh will be the only American orchestra at the Salzburg Festival this year but in London’s Proms Pittsburgh will follow by a few days the Cincinnati Orchestra which is making its debut.  WQED-FM has been airing highlights from the Festival for several weeks now with complete concerts on Saturday nights. You’ll be able to listen to the Pittsburgh concert on September 4 live from the BBC Proms website and it will be available for thirty days after. We’ll have regular tour reports on WQED-FM at 8:30am and 6pm through the last concert on September 8 in Bucharest. It can only happen with listener support and an extraordinary effort from Helge and Erika Wehmeier, Jon and Carol Walton and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Simmons.